Bits And Pieces at Ginty Creek.

8a sunriseSince Nuk Tessli, I have been busy busy busy, so this post is a collection of bits and pieces at Ginty Creek.  The weather has been the same – a bit of cloud, a bit of heat, mostly changeable.

First I went to visit the Precipice (see the cattle drive posts.)  Nothing stood out on this visit, except the semi-tame fox we encountered on the road.

1 fox profile

2 fox back view

3 fox closeIt trotted along ahead of us, then picked something up.  It looked long-dead.  It also had a long, naked tail, which lead my to believe it might once have been a packrat.

4 fox with mealBack home, I picked my first peas.  When I visited Bella Coola 3 weeks ago, the peas down there had already finished.  We’ve had the sun – but there were also four frosts in July.

5 gardenThe cooler weather has knocked back the caterpillar invasion.  Some of the newer leaves have hardly any holes in them.  Here is a black oil sunflower, planted by the birds.  I have half a dozen popping up in the garden.  I will have to plant more next year.

6 sunflowerA week ago I went to Williams Lake.  The days are suddenly noticeably shorter: when I wake up at around 4.00:am it is still dark.  I sometimes need a light to read by at night as well.

An hour into the journey I hit the sunrise/moonset – the second full moon for the month of July.

7 moonset 1It is just about to disappear. (Right in the middle of the horizon.)

8 moonset 2Just as I was leaving town, I stopped for 2 hitchhikers.  As soon as the first opened his mouth, I recognized the accent.  “You Israeli?” I asked.  “Yes he replied.  “You going to Nuk Tessli?” I asked.  He could not believe that I knew Doron and some of his friends at Nuk Tessli!

It so turned out that they were not due to fly in to Nuk Tessli for a couple of days.  So I kidnapped them and put them to work!  We hauled the generator over to run the power drill so they could start putting the deck boards onto the yurt site.

9 start of deck

10 an awkward joint

11 final pose on deckBy the end of the day almost half the deck was done.  They were a great help.  I wish they could have stayed longer.

The following day I took them to the float plane base.  Their flight was delayed several hours due to low cloud and a dribble of rain.12 getting aboard plane13 take-offThe next day I had a few hours to myself.  I walked down to the pond below the cabin to see if there was any water in it.  In the deepest part there remained a sludgy puddle.  Along the edge scuttled a couple of sandpipers.  They were TINY – hardly bigger than the song sparrows on the left of the picture.

13 sanpiper and fox sparrow

12 sandpiperI am familiar with the spotted and solitary sandpipers – they are common here and are much bigger.  But these tiny birds were something new.  Because of their yellowish legs I have come to the conclusion they are the least sandpiper.  Like so many birds, they are starting to migrate south.

The following morning the sunrise looked very fall-like!

14 sunrise with mistI did not have much alone time as another visitor – a friend -arrived.  He is a carpenter, so I put him to work on the deck as well!  We actually had a fairly decent rain – the second of the summer – but he is a coast rat so used to the wet.

15 doug start in rainBut the sun came out before the end of the day.  Doug almost finished the deck, and would have done so, but I ran out of boards.  (I knew I didn’t have enough – my vehicles can carry only so many.)

16 doug lastOn Doug’s last evening, we had a dramatic sunset.

17 sunset

18 sunset 2The following sunrise was foggy.19 morning fogAnd now we have a dribble of rain again.

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About wilderness dweller

I have lived for more than 30 years as a Wilderness Dweller. Most of that time was in cabins I built myself far from the nearest road, high in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. My "retirement" home is accessible by a bush road but still far from neighbours. I live off the grid, and operate this blog by solar-powered satellite internet.
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3 Responses to Bits And Pieces at Ginty Creek.

  1. Patricia Parks says:

    Always cheered by your posts of flora and fauna. Enjoyed seeing the small sandpipers today. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Pat says:

    Love following your blog. Incredible photos.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful photos of the fox … up close and personal.
    As always, the scenery photos are spectacular. You do manage to get a lot of work done when you have company arrive. Way to go.

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